Reducing fight or flight during menopause: Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy
Two day reflective retreat for women: November Saturday 23rd (start at 10 end at 5) and Sunday 24th (start at 9.30 end at 3): only £60 for the weekend.
Every Wednesday is for women!: book a session on Wednesday Evening 6.00-8.00: £15 a session.
To book a session contact Amanda: firstname.lastname@example.org
For many women menopause is a time of discomfort, loneliness, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and confusion. A decrease in hormone production creates symptoms that feel hard to manage and extremely difficult to articulate with work colleagues, friends and family. Mood swings can feel overwhelming and isolating – hot flashes add an extra disorienting physiological stress, creating anxiety and kinaesthetic confusion. Insomnia adds yet another layer of disorientation; and weight gain can lower confidence. All exercise is good during menopause. However, Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy is particularly effective during menopause because this therapy experientially teaches people to regulate the fight or flight response. During menopause, the body’s fight or flight response is often triggered: the adrenal glands secrete the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol plays a positive and essential role in regulating the fight or flight response in times of danger, supporting our survival; however, having constant high levels of cortisol in the body during menopause is partly why women often feel depressed, anxious, ungrounded, stressed and disorientated. Bio-Somatic Dance Movement Therapy is scientifically rooted in experientially balancing the nervous system and self-regulating the body’s fight or flight response. Therefore, this therapy is an excellent way to regain balance, calmness and embodied confidence during menopause. During sessions people are invited to slow down through several gentle physiological movement and talking processes that contact the nervous system and balance the central, peripheral, somatic and autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) nervous system. Sessions experientially explore the following types of areas in a supportive environment:
- Releasing the skeletal-muscular system into gravity (inviting the nervous system to rest in a horizontal plane – invite the voluntary somatic nervous system to take a well-deserved break)
- Releasing the atlas and axis (releasing the top of the cervical spine, supporting healthy blood flow, the release of compression in the vertebral column – and the flow of cerebral spinal fluid)
- Closing eyes and sensing within (“interoceptive body listening” – relieving the nervous system of processing vast amounts of information through the eyes and external world (let the exteroceptive system take a break!)
- Calming the nervous system, via listening into, and sensing the movement of breath (experience how the autonomic nervous system intelligently regulates the body underneath our conscious awareness)
- Directing attention/focus away from the neocortex and the frontal lobes (constant thinking) and bringing awareness to breath, the brain stem and cerebellum (learn about the brain and experience body-brain-mind health)
- Learning about improvisational “free” movement (no steps to follow!), that balances the central, peripheral, somatic and autonomic (sympathetic and parasympathetic) nervous system
- Exploring how being in community together, sharing our creativity and exploring embodied imagination can create a sense a well-being (arts health)
- Learning about our bodies: our ‘Neurotransmitters’, ‘Neuropeptides’ and ‘Hormones’: the mindbodybrain thinking loop
- Exploring ways to be with a hot flush!